Recently we got the chance to visit the Alexander Graham Bell Homestead in Brantford, Ontario. We had heard some great reviews about it from some family members so we decided to check it out. We love any excuse to tour and I was excited that this opportunity would also be educational (for the kids and well as myself!). I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as the homestead’s suitability for children. Some museums are made with kids in mind and others are a nightmare, so I was a little apprehensive about what we would find when we arrived.
Below we will tell you what to expect, opening hours and cost, as well as our personal reviews. A slideshow of our pictures is included at the bottom of the page.
Alexander Graham Bell Homestead
What to Expect
Upon arrival there is a well marked parking area. The main building holds a gift shop, period clothing that guests are welcome to try on, and a second room that is used to show a short video at the beginning of your tour. When the tour begins you are taken to the main house where you will learn about the Bell family and their history. Here you will also see original prototypes of the inventions made by Alexander Graham Bell which eventually became the first telephone. There is a secondary home which was the first official telephone office. This house was moved to the museum site and now showcases the different types of telephones through the years.
Guided Tours last approx 45-60 minutes.
There is also the Exchange Cafe which offers coffee, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts.
The Alexander Graham Bell Homestead was a wonderful surprise. The site is full of original pieces to the home (they were able to recover 90% of the original furnishings), and while many of these you aren’t able to touch, they have opportunities in every room to touch and explore the things you’re learning about. Kids are able to try out an old wash basin, test the hearing device similar to the one used by Alexander Graham Bell’s mother, look inside an original stove, use a stereoscope and more. The home itself is beautiful and filled with artwork done by Alexander Graham Bell’s mother.
While not all guides are the same, ours was beyond our expectation. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She was excellent with the kids, very engaging and when entering a new room she would immediately point out the things the kids were able to interact with and try, which made it easy for them to know their boundaries. She spoke in a way that made the information interesting for them and easy for them to understand.
Because of all of these reasons, as well as the beautiful property, we would definitely recommend this tour for your family.
Looking for other historical sites to tour with your children? Try Visiting Casa Loma with Kids
The Alexander Graham Bell Homestead can be found at:
94 Tutela Heights Road, Brantford, Ontario N3T 1A1
Hours and Cost
|Seniors (65 years and over)||$6.00|
|Students (13 years and over)||$6.00|
|Children (7 to 12)||$4.75|
|Children (6 and under)||Free|
|Pre-booked adult groups of 15 or more (2 weeks advanced booking required)||$5.25|
The Homestead is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and is closed daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The last tour of the day is at 3:45 p.m.
The Exchange Cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. from May to September.
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Visit the Alexander Graham Bell Homestead official website HERE
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